Is Afghanistan Turning into Another Vietnam for US?

To the surprise of many, the Vietnam War began in 1955, but US involvement escalated in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Vietnam finally ended in 1975 when the US pulled out and turned South Vietnam over to our enemy, North Vietnam, making this the first major war that America lost, thanks largely to the United Nations.

Before withdrawing, the US suffered casualties of over 58,000 with another 300,000 wounded.

Reports are circulating that US diplomats are currently negotiating with the enemy we have been fighting in Afghanistan, the Taliban, in hopes of ending the Afghan War, which began in 2001.

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The Washington Post – U.S. diplomats hold talks with Taliban on ending Afghanistan war – U.S. diplomats held talks with Taliban delegates on Monday in the United Arab Emirates to discuss ways to end the war in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman and Afghan government officials said.

Saudi, Pakistani and UAE officials also were participating in the meeting, one of several held between U.S. diplomats and representatives of the Afghan insurgent group in recent months, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement emailed to reporters.

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE were the only nations that recognized the Taliban’s radical Islamist government when it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until its ouster in late 2001.

There was no official confirmation from the presidential palace in Kabul whether any government official would participate in the meeting. But Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, said in a tweet that he met Sunday in the UAE with officials from the three countries and the United States…

Chances are, if the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the Taliban will most likely take control, just like the North Vietnamese took control of South Vietnam.

While the casualties in Afghanistan have not been as high as in Vietnam (about 2,400 killed and 20,000 wounded) the results would be the same – those that died and were wounded did so in vain.

I have a friend who lost his leg in Vietnam and has since always felt that it was in vain since we gave the country over to the enemy.

What is about to happen in Afghanistan is no different and will certainly be a sore spot for many Americans.

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